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The Latest: Judge says Cosby accuser doesn’t have to testify

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s preliminary hearing in his Pennsylvania sex-assault case (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

A woman accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault isn’t testifying at his preliminary hearing.

A suburban Philadelphia judge says prosecutors can have other witnesses read Andrea Constand’s police statements into the record at Tuesday’s hearing. The judge will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to send the 78-year-old entertainer to trial.

Law enforcement officers testifying instead of accusers is a common practice at preliminary hearings in Pennsylvania.

Cosby’s lawyers argued that state court rules allowing such third-party testimony deprive Cosby of his right to confront his accuser.

Constand says Cosby drugged and assaulted her at his home in 2004. She is not in the courtroom.

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9:10 a.m.

Bill Cosby is in a Pennsylvania courthouse for a key hearing in his criminal sex-assault case.

Dressed in a dark suit, Cosby waved toward cameras and walked into the courthouse in Norristown on Tuesday morning.

His preliminary hearing will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to send the 78-year-old entertainer to trial.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

Cosby says they engaged in consensual sexual activities.

It’s not known if Constand will testify or if police will instead read her statement about the encounter that night.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of aggravated indecent assault.

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12:40 a.m.

Bill Cosby is due in Pennsylvania court for a key hearing in his criminal sex-assault case.

Tuesday’s preliminary hearing will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to send the 78-year-old entertainer to trial.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

Cosby says they engaged in consensual sexual activities.

It’s not known if Constand will testify or if police will instead read her statement about the encounter that night.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of aggravated indecent assault.

Prosecutors reopened the criminal case last year after dozens of women raised similar claims and Cosby’s deposition in Constand’s lawsuit surfaced.

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